• Suganth SSuganth S, almost 2 years ago

    It’s super hard to get the onboarding right and huge kudos for iterating it to get it perfect instead of just forgetting and adding features.

    I just replaced my safari read later with your app and I’m loving it. How long did the whole development take for you?

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    • Greg de J, almost 2 years ago

      Super proud to have found a place on someone's home screen! :)

      The first commit was done around 2 years and half ago, as a very early prototype of something closer to an actual web browser, with the queue metaphor already there. Swipe left → Close the tab → Open the next one.

      The big secret is I'm still using it today as my mobile web browser, with a special version where swiping right adds a new page at the top of the queue with a search engine and my bookmarks. And from there I can browse anywhere.

      Anyway, back then I was also teaching myself iOS development, and overall it's a fairly small app code wise. Figuring out the interaction design I was ok with took me hundreds of iterations though, with long periods where I was just stuck and no progress was made.

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      • Suganth SSuganth S, almost 2 years ago

        Coincidentally I'm teaching myself iOS development now. So this whole thing is inspirational to me! Thank you.

        I would love to see the video of the web browser if it's available. Definitely feels like it has potential.

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        • Greg de J, almost 2 years ago

          I'll shout you an email, but visually it looks exactly the same, except that it shows a static web page of mine with links to my bookmarks. And from there I can also open Google to look up a specific site. Very rough around the edges at the moment.

          I still recall my friends thinking I had dementia as I was telling them I was working on "a browser with no tabs," and recommending me to start as a reading app first and build up from there. I'm not too sure yet how to design and market it as a mobile browser replacement.

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          • Suganth SSuganth S, almost 2 years ago

            That would be super sweet! thank you. heysuganth[at]gmail.com.

            There are couple of browser concepts right now in the App Store now, featuring gesture based and tab less design. Not sure how much it would take someone to replace their safari/chrome, but definitely your friends made you ship the right product first!

            I don't like to send feature requests, because it'll be super biased on my side, but a browser extension would be dope :D

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            • Greg de J, almost 2 years ago

              Browser extensions are next on my list, even though this is going to take me quite some time.

              Always happy to hear feature requests, given how biased I am myself :)

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